sunday album review

Sunday Album Review – The Heart Speaks in Whispers by Corinne Bailey Rae

Hearing Corinne Bailey Rae’s voice on this new album was like hearing an old friend. I  missed her visuals, her spirit, and her absolutely gorgeous hair. Her music has always been on my go-to list when I needed to embrace some Carefree Black Girl vibes. I listened to bits and pieces of the album when it came out, but since making this column I really wanted to give my undivided attention and appreciate each and every song.

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album name: Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Heard of/listened to before? Yes, and yes! I have loved both of her past albums – Put Your Records On is THE Carefree Black Girl Anthem, Closer gives me chills, and Paris Nights/New York Mornings always makes me want to grab my passport and go.

Her cover of Is This Love has to be mentioned too, just because.

What I did while listening: Redesigned my job’s website.

Better suited for: Growing your hair out, buying a bouquet of sunflowers, pretending to be a hopeless romantic instead of a raging cynic.

Top 3 Songs

Picking 3 songs was so difficult because I absolutely loved this album. I usually pick next weeks album out in advance, and I haven’t because I’m still listening to this one.

1. Been To The Moon

The visuals in this music video and her vocals in this song gave me pure unadulterated afro-futuristic life.

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Like, let’s talk about that gold jumpsuit. Expect future posts with styling inspirations from this video.

2. Tell Me

I love the backing track and back-up vocals in this track, its such a funky track.

3. Stop Where You Are

The lyrics and story in this song are so earnest and beautiful that I had to include this in my top 3. The music video is gorgeous and absolutely touching.

Favorite Lyric:

“And the crowd is so loud/
It feels like they’ll drown you out/
And the waves crash down/
And there’s chaos all around/
Don’t let your mind rest on violence, violence, violence”

from The Skies Will Break, which you also need to check for stunning visuals.

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable

AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love

Would I recommend it?

Yes, if you are growing out your hair, trying to have a carefree summer, are a hopeless romantic, or some combination, you really should listen to this album. I definitely encourage watching the music videos, and adds to the overall experience and will help you to stick with it if your hair is in that awkward-in-between-length.

I’ve decided to add a rating system in my recommendation, using a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being the best.

This album gets 8.7 out of 10 Horse Print Dresses.

Listen on Youtube or Spotify.

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